Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Big R and My PPP and Where do I Go from Here?

Okay--got a big R today from one of my favorite agencies. My full was rejected. Blah. But at least my problem was solved and onward ho! for me. Let the Personal Pity Party begin. I am drinking my wine, listening to my daughter whine about not getting a new car, and I am bummed out... what the heck... this sucks, but that is life.

So what do I do with this BIG R? Okay, lungs hurt. But I had a great pep talk with my CP up in VA and my CP in AL also sent a super email and they are wonderful. And I have renewed my efforts. I sent out a new query to another agent, I got my BLAZE query ready for another editor, and I planned my next arsenal of attack for my next queries. Argh and angst...

Meanwhile, I am finished for now. I had a lovely day. I wrote for a bit, I got wonderful news from my BFF in Canada-she's coming to visit!-- and I had a lunch with a friend, and I shopped. I got home to deal with the R (aack--I had such hopes), but such is life. If my writing doesn't connect with the agent/editor, then it is not a match. Oh. well. aack.

But at least other authors love my voice and my writing (hello? I did final in the Maggies and got great comments). So maybe another agent will love my voice as well. Who knows? Or I just keep on trucking along and try to do my best with the next books and the heck with it all...

Only I've got a kid to put through college, a car to buy for her, and all kinds of entitlement plans to deal with regarding the young teenager in my life. So, maybe by 2012 I'll be diggin' ditches... or not. But in the meantime, I will continue to write and submit. That's all I have control over....

7 comments:

M.V.Freeman said...

You are the bomb!
Don't let that big "R" get you down. They just don't know what they are missing.

You have a GREAT voice, and I will keep cheering you on..(wait, let me go find some pom-poms, can't cheer without pom-poms)

You CAN and you WILL do this!!!

HUGS to a wonderful writing pal, cheer partner, and all around outstanding person!-- I'll share in your wine...:-P

Christine said...

Thanks Mary! You are the bomb, too. One never knows when one's ship will come into shore. I was super disappointed, but what's a writer to do? All I have control over is my writing and my submitting. At least this year I can prove to the IRS I am seriously pursuing my writing. Ha ha... I may have to get a little suitcase for my Rs soon. I remember going to the M&M and Christie Craig ran a seminar (great one, by the way). After it was finished, she pulled out all her Rs and they filled a small suitcase.

She's got a 3 book deal in one day.

Persistence, Patience and Perseverance! Oh, those three Ps are the flip side of the Personal Pity Party.

Ellen B said...

A full request from your top agent is something to be incredibly proud of, Christine!

As they say, it means that one book wasn't right for that one person on that one day. If they requested a full, they saw something in you they liked. So will other agents, and maybe that one will with the next project.

Onwards and upwards, keep up that positive attitude.

Christine said...

Thanks Ellen. R's sting--but it's part of writing. The only motivation one gets in this business is self motivation and the encouragement of one's fellow writers. That's why it is vital to have comrades on this journey.

Just put together another package and zipped it off to cyberspace. If not this book, perhaps another. All we can control is our writing and our submitting.

Meanwhile, I need to find a cure for my insomnia (aack)...

Ellen B said...

Ooh, good luck with the new package!

I have everything crossed :) Just keep swimming, as Nemo would say!

Gwen Hernandez said...

As for DD, even Ryan's dad made him work for his first car, and he was stinking rich... Oh, I do need to get some real people in my life, don't I? ;-)

Christine said...

Gwen, you know we talked to her about it--we were going to give her my old Escape, but we're open to other ideas. She doesn't work as she's too young. Maybe this summer she'll be able to get a job--but we'll either hand down mine (boohoo for her) or give her a used car we trust and I'll keep driving mine into the ground.

Ellen: just keep swimming is perfect for me right now!